Can Donald Trump solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

May 23, 2017

… September 2009. Obama — working with both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in his first term and Secretary of State John Kerry in his second — tried to advance the peace process in two rounds of negotiations. Read: Israel was source for some of the information shared with Russian officials The most recent negotiations fell apart in April 2014 after nine months of talks, with both sides blaming each other. Two months later, the Gaza war started, causing a further deterioration in …

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Here’s who Trump has called a ‘nut job’

May 20, 2017

Washington (CNN)“Nut job” seems to be one of President Donald Trump’s favorite insults for his political foes. The President — who The New York Times reported Friday bragged to two Russian officials that firing “nut job” FBI Director James Comey eased “great pressure” on him in regard to the Russia probe — has a history of slapping the label on people he disagrees with. By definition, nut job means a “mentally unbalanced person,” …

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With latest airstrikes, US signals to Iran: Containment is back

May 19, 2017

(CNN)The U.S.-led coalition against ISIS waged a series of airstrikes against a military convoy of loyalists to the Syrian regime, CNN has confirmed. According to a U.S. defense official, a convoy of 20 pro-regime vehicles was headed toward al-Tanf, a military base on the Syrian-Jordanian border, on Wednesday night. Al-Tanf, which Russian warplanes bombed a year ago in two successive airstrikes, is occupied by U.S. and British Special Forces that are advising an anti-ISIS Syrian rebel group …

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Ferry between Russia and North Korea starts regular service

May 19, 2017

(CNN)A cargo-passenger ferry service linking Russia and North Korea completed its first trip Thursday. The Man Gyong Bong ferry left the North Korean port city of Rason Wednesday and arrived in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok at 8:00 am local time Thursday, according to Russian state news agency TASS. The trip marked the beginning of a once-weekly regular cargo-passenger service, according to TASS. …

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Now it’s up to the special counsel

May 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)A bad day for the White House could turn out to be a good day for justice and democratic accountability and institutions. Robert Mueller’s appointment Wednesday as special counsel to probe Russian election meddling and any collusion by Trump campaign aides elevates the investigation clear of partisanship and the threat of White House interference. It therefore may offer the best chance for a politically bulletproof accounting of the guilt or innocence of members of the …

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Psaki: Trump is destroying the trust of our allies

May 16, 2017

(CNN)As news broke on Monday evening that Donald Trump had, according to reports from the Washington Post and later the New York Times, shared code word (highly classified) intelligence with the Russian Foreign Minister during his visit to the Oval Office last week, the shock wave was felt far beyond the beltway. When Washington wakes up on Tuesday, leaders in Middle Eastern and European capitals — and elsewhere around the world — could be hours into re-evaluating their …

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NHS cyber-attack: Bosses fear further infections from ransomware – BBC News

May 15, 2017

‘Be patient’ The ransomware, which locks users’ files and demands a $300 (230) payment to allow access, spread to organisations including FedEx, Renault and the Russian interior ministry. BBC analysis of three accounts linked to the ransom demands suggests about $38,000 had been paid by Monday morning. In England, 47 trusts reported problems at hospitals and 13 NHS organisations in Scotland were also affected. How did the attack start? Is my computer at risk? Cyber-attack …

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Trump on Russia allegations: ‘There is no collusion’

May 14, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump denied allegations of collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives in an interview Saturday night on Fox News, adding that he wants “to get to the bottom” of the questions about Russian influence in the election. “Everybody’s convinced: They say there is no collusion,” Trump said. “There is no collusion. We had nothing to do with Russia.” But the President said it is “very important” to him that the …

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FBI agents concerned about future of Russia probe

May 14, 2017

(CNN)Some FBI investigators are worried the Trump administration could try to interfere with probes, including on Russia, by shifting resources and priorities away from counterintelligence investigations, FBI sources tell CNN. There is a “general fear that the White House will try to interfere with the investigation” into Russian election meddling, one FBI source said. “The first target will be the leak investigation, and then, long term, if Donald Trump appoints some crony, …

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Democratic Rep.: ‘Very strong case’ for obstruction of justice against Trump

May 14, 2017

… remarks also follow the President’s comment in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt on Thursday that he considered the FBI’s investigation of alleged collusion between Trump campaign aides and Russian officials in his decision to fire the FBI director. “Asking for loyalty of the FBI, which is supposed to be independent — especially when he just admitted he was thinking of firing Comey essentially because of the Russian investigation — those two things combined …

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Trump says he considered ‘this Russia thing’ before firing FBI Director Comey

May 12, 2017

(CNN)US President Donald Trump said Thursday he was thinking of “this Russian thing” when he decided to fire FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. His statement undercuts those made by other administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence and senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, who both said the decision to fire Comey was based on the recommendation of the deputy attorney general and attorney …

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24 hours of craziness in Trump’s Washington

May 11, 2017

Washington (CNN)You couldn’t make it up. In the confusing hours when up seemed down and down seemed up, the White House appeared to be defending Hillary Clinton, the FBI chief was among the last to know he was gone, and there was a cameo performance by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his ice skates. It all started with a bolt from nowhere late Tuesday afternoon. President Donald Trump canned Comey. No one had thought it would come to this, since the FBI director was overseeing an …

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After Yates, more questions for the Trump White House

May 10, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sally Yates didn’t bring a smoking gun to the latest episode of the long-running political melodrama entwining the White House and Russia. In her long-awaited first public accounting of her dealings with the Trump administration, Yates testified that she explicitly warned White House counsel Donald McGahn in January that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had been compromised and could be a target for Russian blackmail. Her intervention provoked an awkward …

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World leaders have a go-to tactic with Trump: Flattery, and lots of it

May 4, 2017

… flattery could work well on him. Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Trump as “bright and talented” during the 2016 Republican Primary. Trump called the comments a “great honor.” “I know people, because deals are people. If Putin respects me, and if Putin wants to call me brilliant, and other things that he said which were, frankly, very nice, I’ll accept that,” Trump said. “And I’ll accept that on behalf of our country, because if we …

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UK should not back US Middle-East policy, say peers – BBC News

May 3, 2017

… prerequisite of any settlement, with the current means and policy, has proved unachievable,” they said. “Despite the chemical attack and the recent escalation of military conflict Assad, with Russian support, remains in power. “There are no good options available in Syria but the recent chemical attack, the urgency of the humanitarian crisis, with the potential to destabilise the EU and countries of the Middle East with refugees, requires the UK, and international community, …

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French presidential candidate Macron targeted by hackers, cyber firm says

April 25, 2017

… face off on May 7 against anti-immigrant, anti-EU candidate Marine Le Pen, who came second with 21.3%, beating establishment candidates from France’s two largest political parties. MORE: Can Le Pen actually win? Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Putin meets with Marine Le Pen at the Kremlin “Russian intelligence have certainly been hacking inside France, and will continue to do so,” said Columbia University’s Jason Healey. “The attacks …

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Will Trump follow his heart or his head on French election?

April 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sunday’s French election result sets up a battle between the heart and the head of the Trump White House. In the latest blow to establishment party politics in the Western world, two outsider candidates — centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen — advanced from a crowded field to a run-off for the Elysee Palace on May 7. Le Pen has risen on the same populist politics, rooted in anger over immigration policies, globalization and middle class …

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